WEC Group invests to expand into aerospace

Posted on 15 Dec 2016 by Jonny Williamson

Leading engineering and fabrication company, WEC Group, has invested £250,000 in a new multi-spindle/multi-axis lathe in order to manage its increasing demand for close tolerance aerospace industry components.

According to WEC Group, the advanced Miyano ABX-64SYY is a “welcome addition” to its extensive line up of CNC machines at is 33,000 sqft purpose built facility in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Reportedly, a key capability behind investing the machine was its ability to machine simultaneously at the left and right spindles using the upper and lower turrets, both featuring a Y-axis function, the top of the range machine can complete front and back machining of products with complex shapes in a short space of time.

Director of WEC Machining, Steve Fitzpatrick explained: “The addition of the Miyano ABX-64SYY will greatly improve our component delivery lead time and enable us to work to the most demanding tolerance requirements presented by our aerospace customers.

“A number of our key aerospace contracts will benefit directly from this addition to our growing multi-spindle/multi-axis turning cells.”

The investment follows WEC Group’s recent AS 9100 Rev C certification for machining as it strives to build its order book in the aviation, space and defence industries.

WEC Group has invested heavily in its CNC machining, laser and waterjet cutting operations over the past 12 months as part of its ongoing expansion plan. This includes investments in highly advanced equipment such as a fully automated laser cutting machine based at MTL Advanced in Rotherham.

Formed in 1979, WEC Group has a 35-year track record in investment and job creation. The company has an extensive customer list across industries such as rail; automotive; nuclear; offshore oil and gas, and aerospace, and has also prepared for future growth with the purchase of a six-acre site at the Walker Business Park in Blackburn.